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November 12, 2020

Dear readers, 

The virtual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium wrapped up Wednesday after beginning late Monday. Some highlights:

  • Our ‘Investor Intros’ track featured about 500 speed dates between entrepreneurs and investors
  • Tim Keane of Golden Angels Investors was inducted into the “George Mosher Investor Hall of Fame”
  • Lorrie Keating Heinemann received the “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award
  • Three companies scored best with judges and the audience in the Elevator Pitch Olympics – Otrafy, Nobbits USA and Mappix
  • Twenty companies pitched in the Tech Council Investors Network track, with AirDeck winning the “People’s Choice” award
  • Panelists covered topics ranging from corporate venture capital to the bio-industrial revolution, and from the Epic Health Records Network to advanced manufacturing

Thanks to all who took part!

Also, please read my latest column on Wisconsin’s efforts to raise more early stage capital:

Inside Wisconsin: Virtual ‘new normal,’ coastal flight may benefit Wisconsin venture capital


Make sure to check out our newsroom below for fast-changing information about Wisconsin's reopening process.
Stay tuned for announcements about virtual Tech Council webinars on COVID-19 issues of interest to our members and others

Do you have news or best practices to contribute to a future edition of Tech Council Current?

Record days of positive COVID-19 tests keep coming, so please be safe, wear your mask and maintain your ‘social distance.’ Thanks for helping to build a stronger Wisconsin!

Tom Still, president

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Save the date for our virtual 2020 W•O•M•E•N Reception on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Andrea Dlugos of Wisconsin Investment Partners; Dana Guthrie of Alchemy Angels Investors and Richelle Martin of the Winnow Fund will discuss their experiences with the Wisconsin investing ecosystem.

More details to come!


The Tech Council is one of about 50 groups taking part in the “Stop the Spread” coalition, which is a private-sector effort to do precisely what the name suggests: Encourage people to take common-sense steps to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please watch a video by Interim UW System President Tommy Thompson, a former Wisconsin governor and federal Health and Human Services secretary.

The Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and Milwaukee Brewers recently joined the coalition as well. Watch a video featuring Packer players hereOn Wisconsin!


New "WisBusiness: The Show" coming soon!

Sponsors include Exact Sciences, UW-Milwaukee and BDO.

View our full show archives here.


Next week, we’ll highlight all of the news, awards and student stories to come out of this week’s Early Stage Symposium!

The speakers, panelists, investors and entrepreneurs really highlighted the best and brightest coming out of Wisconsin’s ecosystem!




  • WisBusiness: Social networking guru Jon Jacques says focusing on one platform can jumpstart online success
  • Wisconsin State Journal: Two Madison-area startups, and one from Minnesota, win prizes in business competition
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Chicago startup invents self-cleaning diaper station
  • StateScoop: Small businesses need continued cybersecurity assistance through pandemic, officials say
  • WisconsinINNO: Tech Hub Coalition creates partnership to build tech apprenticeships in Milwaukee
  • UWMRF: TCARE has a successful $3 million funding round
  • Guardian: First passengers travel in Virgin's levitating hyperloop pod system
  • NPR: The unexpected boom in startups
  • Medium: The Oculus Go wasn’t designed for black hair, but this innovator made a prototype to fix it
  • Wisconsin State Journal: PSC seeking applications for $7 million in energy innovation grants
  • WisconsinINNO: Mobile22 delivers ‘Uber-like’ experience for traditional taxi companies
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Cybersecurity startup moves HQ from Silicon Valley to Minnesota


  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Big U.S. tech stocks emerge as election winners
  • WisBusiness: Varsity Venture Studio will help launch UW-Madison startups
  • CNBC: SoftBank makes its first e-scooter bet, leading a $250 million investment in Germany’s Tier
  • WisconsinINNO: Fetch Rewards secures roughly $80 million from investors in latest capital raise
  • Business Insider: 100 rising star VCs who represent the future of venture capital
  • Crunchbase: Global venture funding in the first month of the final quarter of the year held steady at $23 billion
  • Aithority: Curve Health raises $6 million seed round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • CNBC: VC firms consider life outside Silicon Valley as they shift to remote work
  • Reuters: SoftBank Vision Fund's portfolio back above water on tech valuations


  • Wisconsin State Journal: Gov. Evers announces new COVID-19 order advising Wisconsinites to stay home
  • UpNorthNews: More COVID-19 records: Wisconsin hospitals scrambling to keep up
  • Business Insider: Biden reveals his COVID-19 advisory board, cochaired by a former surgeon general Vivek Murthy
  • WBAY: Wisconsin sets new records for cases, deaths and hospitalizations
  • Spectrum News: Wisconsin's plan for a COVID-19 vaccination
  • NYTimes: U.S. health officials detail how people may start to get treatments and, once authorized, vaccines
  • EHRN: Global spread of information has shaped the evolving inpatient care of COVID-19
  • STAT: How mRNA became a leading technology in the COVID vaccine race
  • Wisconsin State Journal: Mayo Clinic bans visitors as COVID-19 cases rise
  • CapTimes: Madison leaders implore state, individuals to head off catastrophic COVID-19 spread
  • Guardian: T-cell COVID immunity 'present in adults six months after first infection'
  • STAT: COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech is strongly effective, early data from large trial indicate
  • Urban Milwaukee: Mayor upset that Aurora is ‘pausing’ community testing while under pressure to treat patients
  • CapTimes: Hospitals scramble for staff, ICU beds as Wisconsin passes a quarter million COVID-19 cases


  • WisBusiness: UnityPoint Health Meriter restricted by COVID-19 community spread
  • Channel3000: Wisconsin chief health officer quits as COVID-19 rages
  • Guardian: Conservative US supreme court justices suggest Obamacare will be upheld
  • STAT: Inside the tense, high-stakes meeting on Biogen’s Alzheimer’s treatment
  • SanFran Business Journal: Carbon Health lands $100 million to open 1,500 clinics nationwide by 2025
  • South Florida Business Journal: Healthcare providers battle burnout in fight against COVID-19
  • CNBC: El Paso hospitals see patients with both the coronavirus and the flu


  • CapTimes: DPI biennial budget request includes increase in aid for schools, full-day 4K funding
  • OnWisconsin: The UW redoubles its commitment to a welcoming campus environment
  • CapTimes: Madison College part-time faculty see lighter course loads, feel like 'expendable entity'
  • WPR: Wisconsin voters approved 84 percent of school referendums in election

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Please send your upcoming virtual events for consideration to

Greater Green Bay Chamber presents Tech Connect: Work in or Advise a Tech Startup on Monday, Nov. 16

WARF Innovation Day has opened registration! This 60-minute event will include four quick pitches, glimpses of cherished UW-Madison places, people and traditions and a moderated Q&A session on Wednesday, Nov. 18

Hyper Innovation offers Fall Innovation and Technology Showcase, enabling university collaboration around applications for emerging tech such as AI, IoT, AR and VR, and how they are applied to digital health and virtual learning/training on Thursday, Nov. 19 

Women’s Entrepreneurship Week presents To Bootstrap or to Raise?  Considerations in a COVID-19 World on Friday, Nov. 20

WMEP presents Discover2Recover – Increasing Cash Flow on Friday, Nov. 20

SBDC’s Wisconsin Go Global Initiative presents Global Business Opportunities Abound Featuring WEDC on Tuesday, Dec. 1

WEDC is offering virtual Marketplace 2020: The Governor's Conference on Diverse Business Development offers training, education, networking and mentoring opportunities to Wisconsin small business owners, with particular attention to challenges faced by minority, woman, veteran and LGBTQ entrepreneurs on Tuesday, Dec. 8 – Thursday, Dec. 10

Edible-Alpha LIVE! is a one-day virtual event will showcase national leaders in the food and ag industry for podcast interviews and up-and-coming entrepreneurs for early look presentations focused on impact investing and innovation, taking place Wednesday, Dec. 9

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·       Gov. Evers’ office regularly updates a statewide COVID-19 website that aggregates information and resources throughout state government, including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the departments of Financial Institutions, Revenue and Workforce Development. Some specific sites:

·       The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development produced this FAQ document.

·       The Wisconsin Department of Revenue offers these information sources:

·       The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has guidance for businesses.

·       Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19 Outbreaks in Wisconsin

·       NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers are providing services to small- and medium-sized manufacturers such as connecting businesses that are pivoting their production in response to the coronavirus to new supply chains, connecting firms with state resources, advising companies on new operational issues, and providing workforce support.

·        “Wisconsin COVID-19 Startup Talentis a new project to help those displaced from jobs and employers now hiring

·       Wisconsin Hospital Association releases a COVID-19 dynamic Situational Awareness Update

·       View an interactive map of public wi-fi “hot spots” in Wisconsin

>> WisconsinEye interviews candidates for the Nov. 3 general election.
Click here to watch free on-demand.

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